Children love to put their marks on the world by scribbling and drawing. That is why we start everyday with morning journal time, it is our favorite morning activity to get the day started. As children come in for the day it gives us an opportunity to have quality conversations with each child as they work on their daily writing prompt.
When thinking of starting a routine of journal prompts for preschoolers it needs to be easy to set up daily with little prep. Teachers are busy and we don’t need one more thing that takes a lot of time. We have enough of those already.
The simplest and neatest way I have found to setting up preschool journals for preschoolers is by using file folders with fasteners.
Setting up the original preschool journals will take a little time, but after that children will be able to do the daily prep all by themselves and it’s so worth it.
How do you write a daily journal for a preschooler?
We like to start with journal prompt sheets that are designed to actively engage children in the writing process to build their fine motor skills that will result in the progression of the penmanship skills.
Here are some journal prompt ideas
Have you ever used sticky notes all over your paper planner to mark important notes?
Trello labels for lesson planning for teachers is the digital sticky note for your planner, but BETTER! Labels are a cool feature that you can add to your planning cards to differentiate between them. Labels are a way to provide a pop of color, structure, and clarity to your digital teacher planner.
Trello labels for planning board are a way to label and categorize your plans by subjects. To give you needed information at a glance.
How to add Labels to Your Lesson Plans
Click on a card and go to labels. You can see that there are a variety of colors to choose from for your labels. You can use them for subjects and important dates.
Click on the little pencil to the right of the color label to name each color label.
Add more than one label to a planning card.
Another great feature to labeling your Trello lesson planning is that you can add cards to your calendar so that you can see what planned for the month at a glance.
Do you put up a birthday board with all of your kiddo's birthdays on it, but you still forget?
You can include a child's birthday board on your planner and create cards for each child and add child's birthday to the calendar. Now you will never miss a child's birthday again.
Okay so that is all the details I have on Trello labels for lesson planning for teachers. I hope you found it helpful.
Be sure to check out the Trello for Teachers line of planning boards so that you can get organized and ready to plan out those school days.
Sensory table activities for preschoolers are always a way to get kiddos involved in learning during center time. The key to getting them there week after week is by changing out the filler and tools frequently to keep the learning fresh and engaging.
Why is a sensory table important for preschoolers?
Builds Fine Motor Skills
Sensory tables help children develop their fine motor skills by pinching, scooping and grasping objects.
Children develop cognitive skills while they interact with materials in the table. Sensory table activities for preschoolers help children develop counting skills, organizing objects, matching skills and helps to develop measuring skills as they scoop and pour into different size containers.
Develops Language Skills
Preschool sensory table activities provide a fun and engaging way for children to have meaningful conversations as they pretend to serve each other a cup of coco or even talk about the ingredients they will be using to create their own apple pie. Preschool sensory table activities build children’s vocabulary as teachers change up the sensory table activities with new objects and fillers.
When children interact with the material in the preschool sensory table they are given the freedom to use the materials how they want. One day an object could turn into a cake but on another day that same object might be a boat.
What do you put in a child's sensory table?
When it comes to filling your sensory table, the ideas are only limited to your imagination. Get creative and think about what you would have liked to play and explore with as a child. This is your opportunity to do something that you always wanted to do.
Think about what you want your outcome to be before changing out the sensory table. If you are wanting children to experiment with volume, then make sure that you include a variety of containers in different sizes. Include items such as acorns so children can discover that it takes more popcorn kernels than acorns to fill the containers.
Download the list below to help guide you and inspire you through changing out your sensory table monthly or even biweekly.
Start by picking one or two types of fillers. Enhance the learning by picking items from the scoops and containers list and spice it up even more by adding an item from the extras list.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.